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Leading a Spiritual Life. Self Confidence. It’s a supplemental doc (!). Please read the newsletter before conducting the study circle with this document. Purpose of Study Circle. Understand what Self Confidence means Appreciate the importance of developing Self Confidence

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it s a supplemental doc
It’s a supplemental doc (!)

Please read the newsletter before conducting the study circle with this document.

purpose of study circle
Purpose of Study Circle

Understand what Self Confidence means

Appreciate the importance of developing Self Confidence

Differentiate between ego consciousness and confidence arising from the Divinity within

Learn to build Self-Confidence and practically apply the techniques in day to day living

opening meditation
Opening meditation

3 Oms, sitting in a circle. The facilitator leads the below:

Close your eyes. Visualize Swami sitting in the middle of the circle. Now visualize a connection between your heart and Swami’s heart in whatever form that comes naturally to you. It could be in the form of a golden thread, or a beam of light, etc.

Ask Swami to send His unconditional love through that connection to you.

Feel the strong powerful energy enter your heart from Him.

Now visualize the same connection between Swami and everyone present in the room. Visualize everyone connected to Swami like spokes of a wheel connected to the center.

Thank Swami for His love and guidance.

understanding the topic what is self confidence
Understanding the Topic: What is Self Confidence?

Have the moderator go around and ask everyone to complete the following sentence: “Self Confidence is _____”.

The moderator may choose to write the answers on a poster or a sheet of paper so others can see.

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Understanding the Topic: What is Self Confidence?

What are some terms or values that are related to self confidence? (ex: self-esteem, faith, love)

How does a person with self-confidence look, think, speak and act? You may also list people from history who exhibited Self Confidence.

activity 1 role play
Activity 1: Role-Play

The purpose of this exercise is to think about the role-models in your life and how would they handle a certain situation from your life

Source: http://www.livestrong.com

digging deeper importance of self confidence
Digging Deeper…importance of Self Confidence

Why should you develop Self confidence?

What benefits do you derive from developing Self Confidence?

What does Swami mean when He says that Self Confidence is the foundation to achieve Self Realization?

difference between the ego and god
Difference between the ego, and God

When do you feel most confident in yourself or your ability to accomplish a goal?

When do you feel the need to rely more on God within?

Should there ultimately be a balance between both (confidence in individual self and confidence in God)? Why or why not?

building self confidence
Building Self Confidence

What are some ways to build Self Confidence?

How do affirmations benefit and help you in building Self Confidence? An example of an affirmation is ‘I am God’ and is used to remind oneself of a personal statement or saying.

List some positive affirmations for building Self Confidence.

activity 1 determine if the character is acting from swami s definition of self confidence
Activity 1: determine if the character is acting from Swami’s definition of self-confidence.
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Activity 1: determine if the character is acting from Swami’s definition of self-confidence.
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Activity 1: determine if the character is acting from Swami’s definition of self-confidence.
activity 2 self confidence worksheet
Activity 2: Self-Confidence Worksheet

Source:http://www.self-esteem-experts.com

  • Note: This activity can be done individually or in a group
  • Part 1:Think of a situation in which you experienced confidence, or followed Swami’s guidance/your conscience. Answer the following questions:
    • Describe the situation.
    • What were you saying / thinking to yourself about that situation?
    • How did you feel physically/mentally? What sensations did you have in your body, if any?
    • What did you do as a result of this situation?
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Activity 2: Self-Confidence Worksheet

Part 2: Think of a situation in which you were anxious or showed lack of confidence. How would you change that if you could? Answer the same questions as in Part 1.

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Activity 2: Self-Confidence Worksheet
  • Part 3: Consider the situation you described in Part 2. Using the information you learned about your self from Part 1, ask yourself the following questions:
    • What positive statement can I say to myself to be reminded of Swami within?
    • What could I do that will help me feel/react differently?
    • What can I do differently next time I’m in that situation?
swami s quote describing some qualities of a person lacking self confidence
Swami’s quote describing some qualities of a person lacking self-confidence:

"For, loss of confidence in the Atma or Self involves loss of faith in God Himself. That Omnipresence, that Inner Motivator of all, who is the warp and woof of our body and mind, our emotions and intellect - strengthening faith in Him is the only means of realising the highest goal of man. This is the lesson that Bharathiya spiritual history longs to teach. Children of Bharath! Teach your children this life-preserving, glorious and heart-expanding Truth from the early days of life." (SathyaSai Baba: VidiaVahini. Religion is Experience, p. 28).”

challenging real life scenarios
Challenging Real Life scenarios:

1) Describe some situations or circumstances when practicing Self-

Confidence becomes challenging.

2) Take a couple of minutes to think about the following scenarios (in the next 3 slides) and then discuss them among the group. For each scenario:

  • Discuss how you would react to the situation keeping in mind Swami’s definition of Self-Confidence, i.e. confidence in the ‘aatma’.
independent study prema vahini
Independent Study: PremaVahini
  • Refer to Newsletter Document: Read Chapters 1-7, answer the multiple choice questions, and perform the activity in the newsletter document
  • The answers to the multiple choice questions are as follows:

1. A

2. D

3. A

4. A

5. C

6. B

7. B

8. D

9. D

10. A